A unique entry in the synthpop field, Brooklyn boys Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser successfully combine infectious beats with sarcastic lyrics on their major label debut, “Oracular Spectacular.” Featuring new tracks and tunes released on their “Time to Pretend” EP, “Oracular Spectacular” manages to pull together enough familiarity from existing genres to create a one-of-a-kind disc that requires repeated listening.
A few of the tracks on the album might reek of influences such as Ween, Sparks, and the Dust Brothers (just to name a few that popped into my mind); my guess is that MGMT’s sound was probably pulled from whatever they found laying around their old dorm rooms. Hey, whatever works.
“Electric Feel” pulls influences from early funk and electroclash, while “Kids” is probably their catchiest tune on the album, mixing Brit pop with synth sounds. “4th Dimensional Transition” is just as trippy as the name implies. “Time to Pretend” (originally released in 2005) and “Weekend Wars” are pure ear candy distinguished by sweeping electro and snarky lyrics.